Dr. Max Sherman: HVAC Roles in Improving Indoor Air Quality | On the House #13

In this episode, host Gabriella Joustra is joined by Max Sherman, an expert researcher in Building Science, primarily related to ventilation, indoor air quality, and energy efficiency.

You might think that shutting windows and doors shields you from outdoor pollution, but did you know it is not enough to keep indoor air quality good? Various things, including furniture varnish, mold, and cooking spices, can make your home’s air less healthy, resulting in health problems. That is why Max Sherman is here to discuss how your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can improve indoor air quality.

Meet Max Sherman

A Building Science expert, Max Sherman specializes in maximizing ventilation, improving indoor air quality, and using energy efficiently in buildings. He is also an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham, where he studies how air inside buildings affects our health and energy consumption.

About the episode

In this podcast hosted by Gabriella Joustra, Dr. Sherman talks about bad indoor air that can create health issues, like chemicals such as formaldehyde and tiny particles that can cause lung problems over time. Unlike fast-spreading infections, bad indoor air quality can harm us slowly over many years. Therefore, improving a home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can improve indoor air quality and prevent health problems.

A good air circulation serves two purposes: it mixes air inside your home and brings in fresh air from outside. Although opening windows and doors can be helpful, there may be better solutions depending on the weather and energy consumption. 

Therefore, It is possible to improve air circulation using the home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Fans, filters, and air cleaners can be utilized to remove particles and use special fans in places like the kitchen and bathroom to eliminate lousy air. 

Dr. Sherman also suggests using filters that catch tiny particles, but the best way to apply this filter may differ from home to home. For example, since modern homes are better insulated, they have another method to apply the HVAC system to keep the air quality.

In conclusion

You want to ensure your indoor air quality is as good as possible by ensuring the indoor air moves well and gets some fresh air from the outside. One way to do this is by implementing HVAC systems in your building.

Be the first to see our next episode. Follow us on social media to stay updated:





You can also subscribe and listen to the show on your preferred podcasting platforms:

Apple Podcasts



iHeart Radio




Google Podcast

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.